Alice Ripley couldn’t be happier. Although she is living during the Great Depression, her father’s job as a minister keeps the family fed and sheltered, and Alice loves her job at the local library. For someone who can’t keep her nose out of a book, life couldn’t be much better. When her boyfriend breaks up with her for being too much of a dreamer, and budget cuts cost Alice her job, she questions her life for the first time. To get away from the small-town gossip, Alice travels to Appalachia to deliver books to a library in need. When she is stranded in Acorn, Kentucky, with an interesting librarian, a 100-year-old former slave, a county full of people involved in a feud, and suspicious activity at the local mine, Alice learns a lot about herself and about living a meaningful life.
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin is Alice’s story. I confess that I am a Lynn Austin fan, so I was bound to like this story from the beginning. As usual, Austin has crafted an engaging storyline, charming characters, and a touch of suspense. I have to say, however, that I was surprised by the humor. As soon as I started the book, I was laughing! I also related easily to Alice. She is naive, she enjoys her easy life, and she interprets the world through the pages of her books. When thrown into an extremely challenging living situation, she whimpers and whines at first (sadly, I would probably do this). But Alice determines to make the best of things and meets the challenges with gusto (I hope I would do this as well).
Wonderland Creek is a delightful novel. If you are a fan of Christian fiction or historical fiction, I highly recommend it to you. Lynn Austin is one of Christian fiction’s best writers, and Wonderland Creek is a unique and enjoyable addition to her collection of titles.
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Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She thanks Bethany House for the review copy of this book. Lauren blogs at Baseballs and Bows.